EL037: How to make connections with anyone and get rid of your fears and insecurities, with Sean Stephenson
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“You can’t control what other people say and think about you, but you have 100% control over what you say to yourself”– Sean Stephenson
Surviving birth was just the first challenge in Sean Stephenson’s life. Since then, they haven’t stopped. Sean was born with a rare brittle bone disorder which meant that most of his bones were broken during birth. He hasn’t grown past 3ft but hasn’t let this stop him. Sean has learned to deal with the challenges that life throws at him and uses his experiences and training as a certified therapist to help other people overcome their challenges through giving advice and public speaking. With positive influences particularly from his mother, he became a motivational speaker at 17. He was able to work alongside the likes of Tony Robbins and Bill Clinton. Since then, he has became a successful author and speaker, with his ideologies reaching people like Richard Branson, the Dalai Lama, Paula Abdul, and more. Sean has written Get Off Your But – a book with an amazing foreword by Anthony Robbins — and it’s about how to end self-sabotage and stand up for yourself.
Life isn’t easy, but Sean Stephenson has probably had it tougher than most. He understands about being insecure, bullied and depressed, but has learned to deal with it. His formal training as a certified therapist has helped him to understand the human body better and he uses this to help others with similar problems. Today Sean shares some of his valuable insights which can help people with facing their insecurities, busting through depression and becoming a great connector.
“Until we know how much someone cares about us, we don’t really begin to start caring about them” – Sean Stephenson
If you prefer to watch the discussion in action, here is my recorded interview with Sean Stephenson (please refresh your browser a few times if it isn’t loaded properly the first time):
In this interview you’ll learn:
- 02’25” – Sean’s story
- 06’57” – Why ‘why me?’ is pointless
- 11’36” – Sean’s inspiring quote
- 14’43” – Sean’s tips on dealing with depression
- 19’51” – Why focusing on others helps us make connections
- 24’06” – Why Bill Clinton is such a great communicator
- 26’10” – Sean’s tips on overcoming the naysayers
- 29’50” – What Sean is working on now and a great offer for our listeners
- 34’00” – How Sean attracted all the women in a nightclub
- 39’46” – Sean’s 3 final pieces of advice
Written Podcast Transcript:
Jacob: Hello everybody, this is Jacob Sapochnick with the Enchanting Lawyer Podcast. This is a show where we interview the most inspiring entrepreneurs, business owners, and thought leaders about their stories, about their experience with their audience.
First of all, before we start the show, I wanted to thank so many people who’ve been emailing me recently, thanking me about the show, attorneys and non-attorneys. I just had a recent email from a guy from Australia and he was diligently listening to the show every Monday. He told me that it changes life, the way he practices. I’m very honored to serve our audience. We hope to continue producing good content.
Today, I have not only a special guest but I’m honored to have somebody on the show that has changed my life specifically and I’ll explain more how, but also the life of so many people around the world. Today we have Sean Stephenson.
Dr. Sean Stephenson, when he was born, he was quickly diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called osteogenesis imperfecta. The condition is commonly known as a Brittle Bone Disease which means that pretty much he was born with incredibly weak bones that would break even at the softest touch. Because of this, most of his bones were broken during his delivery. Physicians concluded that he would not live very long and fortunately, he survived most of them.
However, he spent most of his life growing up in pain as his body grew [unclear 00:01:57]. By the time he was 18, he had fractured over 200 bones. But Sean didn’t let all these obstacles destroy him. With positive influences particularly from his mother, he became a motivational speaker at the age of 17. He was able to work alongside Tony Robbins and Bill Clinton, he also met the Dalai Lama, and he became a successful author and speaker himself.
His recent book is Get Off Your “But”, a book with an amazing foreword by Tony Robbins himself. It’s about how to end self-sabotage and stand up for yourself. Sean, I’m honored to have you here. Thank you to be on the show. How are you today?
Sean: I’m very well, and yourself?
Jacob: I’m doing very good. The heat wave is over in San Diego and we are ready to go. Sean, I gave a brief intro about you but why don’t you tell our audience a brief about yourself and kind of how you got to where you are today.
Well, I definitely not had a normal life compared to most. Put into a package that many people would consider to be a disadvantage. You know, I’m only about 3 feet tall and my arms and legs are very bowed because of the years of the muscles being stronger than the bones. It mangled the bones in different directions.
I’ve been stared at, laughed at, teased because of my condition. Yet I’ve been very fortunate that I have a very sharp mind. My condition doesn’t affect my intellect although my wife might disagree with that. My outlook and my attitude and my own desire for success has compelled me through these physical challenges. I think most people look at my life and they think that I came out of the womb confident and that I’ve always been selfish [unclear 00:04:03] and that I always felt good about myself and that’s not true.
I mean still to this day I have moments where I can get depressed. I still have moments where I can question my own teachings and wonder what the hell I’m doing in my life. So, I don’t think you ever arrive and you just stay perfectly confident. I think it’s more of a journey of peaks and valleys.
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